What is Ergonomics?
Ergonomics applies the knowledge of a human’s capabilities and limitations to the design of workplaces, workstations, tasks, tools, equipment, and the work environment as a whole.
Ergonomics is essentially fitting the workplace to the worker.
The word ergonomics is derived from the Greek roots:
“ergo” = work” “nomos” = law
“The Laws of Work”
The primary goal of ergonomics in the workplace is to reduce the risk of a work-related musculoskeletal disorder (WMSD) by reducing or eliminating worker exposure to hazards which promote a WMSD. Other ergonomic goals include:
- Increase worker productivity and performance
- Decrease worker discomfort
- Improve the overall quality of the work environment